Welcome to the Community Garden. A new weekly Wire segment where Oscar Perress watches and reports back on local progressive community and group projects growing in the beautiful garden that is Tāmaki Makaurau. The projects we will try and focus covering are those creatively finding solutions to the problems that they find in our society, especially via the means of bringing people together. The segment will include an interview with one specific group a week, plus a brief guide to the top selection of community events and discussions happening in that upcoming week.
Come and enjoy the community garden, and remember, you don't have to be a communist to love your community.
95bFM News talked to Splice's Gareth Fa about creating space for intercultural dialogues and interactions. We also talk about the upcoming Global Active Citizens Annual Marketplace on December 12th and all the work that has gone into it.
Here in this wire piece, 95bFM reporter Dhan-nun(FreedomofCommon) was fortunate enough to speak with Cathy Livermore who runs Māori mindfulness. Cathy's paradigms combine mindfulness practices with Mātauranga Māori to develop a person's wairua and improve hinengaro.
Hamilton group TOTI are calling for an ‘almost invisible’ piece of national history to be publicly acknowledged this week.
Today is the centenary of the 1919 Women’s Parliamentary Rights Act which for the first time allowed women to stand for election to the House of Representatives - to become MPs.
Oscar Perress was lucky enough to speak to TOTI’s Margaret Evans, who also happened to be Hamilton’s first female mayor, from 1989-98, about the legislation and its place in our past, present and future.
Maungawhau is recognised as one of the most well-preserved pre-historic fortifications of its type in the world. Features of the original pā survive, including historic pā tūāpapa (terraces) and rua (pits) around the crater area, but the inadequate track is damaging them.
A new boardwalk is planned for the crater rim at the tihi (summit) of Maungawhau which will help protect its Tūpuna Maunga status.
Oscar Perress talked to Paul Majurey, Chair of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority, and started by asking Majurey to explain the project.
In the Community Garden this week, we talk to Richard Orjis from Wilde Projects about the intersections of colonisation and public form, queer ecologies, as well as discussing the history and projects ongoing in Tāmaki Makaurau's Albert Park.
Thank you to Wilde Projects for your time, arts and insights.